A punch up with satan – why are we fighting (part 1)!

Posted: 30/06/2011 in God
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Have you even had one of those days, weeks, months or even years where you feel like satan is coming against you with relentless persistence. It’s like being in a boxing ring; your struck down and you bounce back up, struck down and you stagger to your feet, struck down and you loll on your knees for a bit while your head stops spinning, struck down again and you lie there moaning for a bit but then once again, stagger to your feet. It’s no wonder the apostle Peter speaks of the devil as a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). As you feel yourself becoming weaker, the choice you face is whether to stay on the ground and give up or to get back up on your feet and stand your ground. It is painful, tiresome and often you feel like you’re in that ring on your own. The bible says that “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood , but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12). That seems like an unbalanced fight but the devil does not play fair, he is cunning, a liar and deceitful (Gen 3:1, John 8:44b, 2 Cor 11:14). The good news is that for those who are followers of Jesus, we are not alone (Matt 28:20b)! Nor do we have to stay knocked to the ground. And yet quite often we act as if the fight is our own and once struck down we stay there and wallow a while.

I’ve heard it said that if God has won the victory why then are we still fighting a battle? When one army advances upon and defeats another army claiming territory, they don’t then suddenly turn around and go home. Instead they stay there and protect the land and the people from further attack until the war is over. It’s the same in our spiritual battle. Jesus by his death and resurrection has won victory over sin and death, but we are called to stand in that victory protecting ourselves and those in our army, leading others to safety and fighting for the Kingdom of God until the war is over and he returns. What we need to realise in this battle is that satan is strategic (Eph 6:13). God has given us plenty of information in His word about the enemy and how he works but do we really understand it? He has also given us weapons and armour, it’s just that unfortunately more often the not, we’ve left them lying at our feet while we lament the battle in front of us. ANd we all have done it at one stage or another but why do we do it? I think maybe we easily forget how cunning satan is; we don’t see that based on how we’ve lived our life and reacted to situations in the past he may know our weaknesses. Or perhaps we become complacent and too comfortable instead of being “alert” as we’re commanded (1 Peter 5:8). As I stand in this battle I am starting to realise why I so often get injured and where I go wrong and I know that I need a greater understanding of spiritual warfare to be an effective soldier with the right protection. I believe there are three key points to spiritual warfare and over the next few posts as I’ll share what I’m learning.

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